Friday, March 16, 2012

Tower Grove Park at Sunset

TOWER GROVE PARK is one of the best-preserved Victorian-era public pleasure gardens in the United States. Located in the south side of Saint Louis, adjacent to the famed Missouri Botanical Garden, this park is a popular spot during good weather. Since we’ve lately had unseasonably warm weather, flowers are blooming a bit early.

Tower Grove Park, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - ruins

I took these photos around sunset. Shown here is a folly, faux ruins constructed here in the Romantic fashion of the 19th century.

Tower Grove Park, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - daffodils

Narcissus flowers aren’t native to the United States, but grow here well without propagating themselves much beyond where they are planted.

Tower Grove Park, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - yellow narcissus

Tower Grove Park, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - fountain with flying geese

The park is well-populated with wild waterfowl.

Tower Grove Park, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - Mallard duck

A Mallard drake.

Tower Grove Park, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - pink magnolia

Tower Grove Park, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - red flowers

Tower Grove Park, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - magnolias

Tower Grove Park, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - tulip tree

Tower Grove Park, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - fountain

Tower Grove Park, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - statue of William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare.

Tower Grove Park, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - American flag

The banner of the Republic, in the waning daylight.

Tower Grove Park, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - orange cloud 2

Large clouds in the sky, reflecting the light of the setting sun, bathed the park with an unusual rich orange color, which I attempted to capture with these photos.

Tower Grove Park, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - orange clouds

Tower Grove Park, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - light and dark clouds

As the sun dropped below the horizon, the cloud on the right was cut off from sunlight. Night came quickly.

Tower Grove Park, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - ruins at dusk

The day was done, and it was time to leave.

For more photos, as well as an extensive history of the park, see the article Photos of Tower Grove Park.

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